WINNIPEG — Winnipeg Jets left-winger Evander Kane has had surgery to relieve a nerve problem in his left foot.
The Jets said today Kane’s recovery will be between four and six weeks. The surgery was done in Winnipeg this week, but Kane will be able to heal at home in Vancouver. After it was over this morning, Kane tweeted: "Just got out of surgery. Thanks to the doctors for taking great care of me here in Winnipeg and the @NHLJets training staff."
The 21-year-old was clearly not at 100 per cent at the conclusion of the Jets’ 48-game regular season.
On one occasion, he missed a pre-game warm-up skate while his medical issues were being treated.
"I’m banged up right now so I’m going to have to take care of some medical things first, unfortunately," Kane said when the season was over, telling reporters he’d be unable to consider any invitation to play at the World Championships in May.
"I got a wrist that might need some work done on it and I’ve got some nerve damage in my lower leg and foot," Kane said at the time. "I had to get that taken care of before every game in order to play."
Kane’s wrist injury happened early in the year and he said at the conclusion of the season that only time would help that heal. A Jets spokesman said today that Kane’s wrist is improved since the end of the season.
Kane also said in late April that he didn’t think surgery would be required to repair either problem, but the Jets said today that the pressure on the nerve in his foot simply wasn’t getting any better, even though he is now six weeks past the end of the season.
Kane, in the first year of his new, six-year contract, scored 17 goals and 33 points in the 2013 season, playing all 48 games.